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Dr John Dracass MBE, BSc, MB BS, FRCGP

John Dracass was a general practitioner in Totton, near Southampton for 32 years until his retirement in 2007. During the course of a long career he has been involved with general practitioner training, professional representation, audit and clinical governance, health service management and local community work. He has a particular interest in patient participation, encouraging an active patient participation group in his own surgery.

He was senior partner of Testvale surgery Totton, and has been Chairman of the Local Medical Committee (LMC) an examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Primary Care Adviser to the Wessex Regional Health Authority, a Performance Assessor and Specialist Adviser for the General Medical Council (GMC) and a Vice Chairman of the RCGP Patient Liaison Group. He was also a Hospital Practitioner in learning disability. He is currently a member of Council of RCGP and Provost of the Wessex Faculty RCGP and has recently been appointed by Hampshire PCT as a lead GP for Safeguarding Children. He was appointed MBE for services to health care in 2007

Sylvia Debreczeny

Sylvia has always been involved in health care. Having trained as a nurse, she worked as a sister until becoming a nurse teacher and university lecturer. Sylvia later joined the London Deanery, liaising with London GPs and PCT‘s, and working to improve the availability of patient information about health care.

Sylvia continues this interest through N.A.P.P, and has started a group in her own GP practice. She also hopes to become a lay member of her local CCG.

In her personal life, she likes to spend time with family and friends, to swim, travel, and visit the theatre.

Margaret Matthews

Maggie originally worked in industry as a PA. After undertaking teacher training, she then taught for 13 years before joining the Advisory Service in Worcestershire, giving curriculum advice and training teachers. Whilst an Adviser, Maggie was National President of the National Association of Advisers and Inspectors of Business and Economics Education (NAAIBEE), a professional body of advisers and inspectors for business, economics and education. After retirement, as a consultant, Maggie gave curriculum advice/training to schools in North Staffordshire. A member of Soroptimist International Maggie was President for two years in Staffordshire Moorlands working to promote the health and wellbeing of women and children globally. Maggie was Chair of a PPG for five years and currently is Chair of a locality Patient Forum.

Sandra EA Gower FRCGP (Hon) AMIHM

Sandy Gower is managing partner at Bennetts End Surgery where she is responsible, with 11 GP Partners, for the management and leadership of this Training Practice serving 18,000 patients.

Sandy has 25 years experience of primary care management and patient participation. Her relentless passion for ‘making a difference’ throughout her career has resulted in her becoming the first Practice Manager to receive Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). She is immediate past chairman of the national Practice Management Network and co-leads of the RCGP General Practice Foundation for practice management.


Moira Auchterlonie

Moira is Chief Executive Officer at the Family Doctor Association (FDA), a leading primary care organisation and educational charity.  The FDA has a growing membership of UK GP practices that provide continuity of care and personal doctoring to their patients. 

Moira has worked in primary care for two decades, leaving secondary care for the promise of a primary care-led NHS.  She remains an optimist despite being in touch with the trials and tribulations of over 5,000 jobbing GPs.  Her forte is translating NHS-speak into plain English for the regular NHS buzzword bingo column and well-received FDA GP factsheets.  She describes herself as a practical, common sense thinker even with degrees in economics, law and leadership.

Current portfolio includes: Department of Health stakeholder network, NHS England, CQC, Health Education England, FDA education innovation & corporate business development.

Outside work she can be found in her allotment, out in the Pennines enjoying the geology, practising German, or eBay trading.

Marion Gee

Marion has a long career history in the NHS. Marion trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London and then as a Health Visitor and Community Practice Teacher in Leicester. She was sponsored by the Women's Unit and successfully gained a MBA. 

During her career Marion worked for several Health Authorities and as a lead inspector with the Healthcare Commission, now the Care Quality Commission, CQC. She was the Regional Dignity lead at Care Services Improvement Partnership, and was seconded to the Department of Health as the National Dignity Lead.

After retiring she became a committee member and vice chair of the Local Involvement Network in Rutland and an independent consultant. 

She is committed to promoting patient and public participation and involvement, as equal partners, who are treated with dignity and respect, in their care and services.

Hobbies include gardening, walking and travelling.